Do the swirl. I'd look excellent in this pattern you know.

Awkward Family Photos

I visited Empire Fabrics, near Wentworth Street in Spitalfields, last week, and picked up 6 yards of Vlisco print voile for GBP35.
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Once home, I got busy and wound up with these:

There's no way this looks uncomfortable.
There’s no way this looks uncomfortable.

A Negroni shirt for him, and a Music Box pinafore for her. They both do up with snaps, as he really likes not having to bother with buttons, and I thought the back buttons on the Music Box would dig in a bit when she’s sitting down. Whilst I’ve sometimes thought it would be fun to walk around in matching mother/daughter outfits, I also realise that it’s sort of lame and embarrassing in the future. However, matching daddy/daughter outfits could never ever possibly be embarrassing!

Oh, no, this isn't at all embarrassing.
Oh, no, this isn’t at all embarrassing.

The pinafore was very easy, I am sure the instructions called for something different in the construction but since I didn’t look at them, I may never know :-). The Negroni was a quick sew for me as this is the third one I’ve made now. I added a couple of little touches, like yellow topstitching thread, and a nice clean finish for the pinafore’s inside, as well as visible branded selvages (because I have convinced myself that that’s what one is supposed to do when using Vlisco, though I haven’t checked recently). The voile was lovely to sew with a slight silky sheen, pressed beautifully and the busy print means that its slightly diaphanous nature is concealed.

Yellow topstitching, I let him choose the colour like a proper couturier would.
Yellow topstitching, I let him choose the colour like a proper couturier would.
I am aware this indicates that this is the Vilsco diffusion line and that I am therefore a cheapskate. I think I'm OK with that.
I am aware this indicates that this is the Vilsco diffusion line and that I am therefore a cheapskate. I think I’m OK with that.

Nice, easy summer sewing and they now have matching attire that they can wear on holiday next week. I’ve got lots of fabric left over too. You never know, we might all match eventually…

Do the swirl. I'd look excellent in this pattern you know.
Do the swirl. I’d look excellent in this pattern you know.

2 thoughts on “Awkward Family Photos”

  1. I have a son and daughter born 22 months apart. I use to dress them in matching outfits, once I even made a matching skirt for myself that matched them. My husband would just shake his head. LOL

    1. I’ve dressed the girl and her cousin in identical outfits before. I figure I’ll do it for as long as I can get away with it 😀

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